About the artists:
Viktoriya Dodoka - Soprano
Viktoriya Dodoka began her musical training in her home city Krasnodar
near the Black Sea, later graduating in singing from the Tchaikovsky State
Conservatoire in Moscow.
She performed lead roles in a number of productions for Moscow Opera,
among them Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Violetta in La Traviata,
Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Marfa in Rimsky-Korsakoff’s The
Tsar’s Bride. She sang solo soprano with the Stuttgart Bach Academy
Choir in concert performances of Bach’s Magnificat, Hendel’s
Nelson Mass and Mozart’s Requiem.
In 1996 she won a prestigious honor diploma at the First International
Singing Competition at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre.
Viktoriya immigrated to New Zealand in 2001. She made her New Zealand
debut soon after, singing the roles of Olympia /Antonia in Canterbury
Opera’s production of The Tales of Hoffman.
Iola Shelley - Piano
Welsh-born Iola Shelley was educated in UK and enjoyed a remarkable
career as a solo pianist, becoming the youngest student to be awarded
Piano Performance Diplomas at both the Royal Academy and Royal College
of Music, London.
She has an extensive repertoire and an international reputation as
a chamber-music pianist and accompanist.